|Looks like I am having fun- I can fake anything|
I slowed the pace a bit and made it my training day.... but I was not happy. I did not have it in me to race- mentally I did not want to suck it up and gut it out but mentally I was not okay with the training day. I was having an argument with myself most of the run. I also ditched my long sleeve shirt at mile 2 when I saw John because I was hot and as soon as we hit the coast I was cold. Anyway I ran along trying to convince myself this would be quality training run and that was good. Around mile 7 my stomach flipped... big flip, the kind of flip I get during Ironman.
Ug...I tell you I can run and eat a ham sandwich in training (okay maybe that is a slight exaggeration) but I have iron gut training on the bike and run but in a race, even when I am not racing, my gut has a new agenda. Mile 8 porta pottie stop 1. Pace is slower and now I am yelling at myself for coming out- people are passing me and I am grumpy. I could have run from home...I am quitting, wait quitting what, quitting my training run. Seriously get a grip. So I ran on and kept a steady pace (which I would have been quite pleased with had it been a normal long run) and then had to ponder..do I take more calories and risk the ramifications or just flat out bonk. I went for more calories and then stopped at porta pottie stop to at mile 10. bummer.... I can say the pp's were nice and clean and open when I needed them, again at mile 12.
After 12 I blasted out and sprinted the last mile... 7:02 - yes is was downhill but I passed everyone I could and tried to finish with a smile.
So was it the gu or my pre race meal of kale, brussel sprouts, sunflower seeds, avocado and feta cheese? can you say fiber...but I always eat that way. Or was it the gu.... well with 7 weeks (- 1 day) because I am not prepared to say 6+ weeks to Ironman I need to re-visit nutrition.
Yes IM #8 and I am still pondering what to do.... I luckily have some long weekends ahead to practice.
Yes it was fun
So....recovery DAY and then a big week - IM focus for me is volume, volume and less intensity. So I have to let my friends go on the climbs and roll with the volume as planned.